Whether you work for a landscape gardening company or you work weekends at the local garden centre, any job involving horticulture does generally involve use of industry specific equipment.
These items are often large and potentially hazardous. In the wrong hands, with insufficient training, gardening equipment can be the cause of serious accidents at work.
What’s more, in the case of your employer failing to undertake regular equipment checks, or indeed when your equipment simply malfunctions, defective equipment can be the cause of severe injury, electrocution, and even death.
How to prevent gardening accidents at work
First and foremost, it is essential to ensure that you receive adequate training for any equipment that you are going to be using. Whether this is stand-alone training or simply as part of your induction, be sure that you have been shown how to correctly operate any item you use.
Ask your employer how frequently the equipment is checked. It is your right and their obligation that your safety at work is ensured, so don’t feel nervous about making sure your well-being is their priority
Wear appropriate attire. Most employers will provide task-appropriate clothing for your duties. This should include footwear and gloves, and may include headwear and goggles.
Be savvy – a little bit of common sense is also needed. Don’t leave electrical equipment out in the rain, and be aware of your surroundings and the general public when completing any gardening task.
Injured at work
If you have been injured at work fulfilling a gardening duty you may be able to claim personal injury compensation. When the accident was no fault of your own – for example, due to insufficient training or defective equipment – it is likely that you have a strong case for compensation.
Be sure to take photographs of the injury you have sustained and the equipment that caused your accident. Make a note of your employer’s details and any witnesses of the incident. This can include co-workers who are willing to provide their account of events.
The accident must have occurred within the last three years.
Taking things further
Rather than fighting the legal battle yourself, law firm, Accident Advice Helpline can advise if your claim is eligible and if it is worth pursuing.
From there, working on a no win, no fee basis, Accident Advice Helpline will delve into the details of your case and hand your claim over to be managed by one of their legal representatives.
You can rest assured that you will not pay a penny in solicitor fees unless your claim is successful and that legal experts are fighting your case every step of the way.
To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: December 31, 2013
Author: David Brown